If you want a thoughtful, godly understanding of how to be a Christian whilst faced with whatever Coronavirus brings us, this piece by Jon Kuhrt is a good place to begin…
Church services were held outdoors and Eyam villagers stayed in family groups to avoid sharing infection
In 1665, the people in the remote Derbyshire village of Eyam realised that their village had become infected with the bubonic plague.
Fleas infected with the disease had been brought to the village in a bundle of damp cloth from London. The tailor who unpacked the cloth and hung it to dry in front of a fire was the first person in the village to catch the deadly plague. He died in agony a few days later in September 1665.
By Christmas a further 42 people died in the village. By 1666 many were preparing to leave the village to save themselves.
However, the vicar of Eyam, the Rev. William Mompesson, intervened. He could see the disaster that would be caused if the infectious disease was carried by escaping villagers to the nearby…
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